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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:18 am 
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Capitol mob members could face more serious charges, prison time, as investigation unfolds

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7am ET Jan. 12, 2021

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2021/01/12/serious-capitol-riot-charges-prosecutors/6624211002/

With a growing number of arrests and charges related to last week's storming of the U.S. Capitol, multiple law-enforcement agencies are building a sprawling investigation into who participated in the violent event that claimed at least five lives and sent fearful lawmakers into hiding.

Nearly 100 people have been arrested so far for their roles in the attack carried out by thousands of President Donald Trump’s supporters or in unrest surrounding the Capitol that day. Many currently face lesser charges such as unlawful entry, disorderly conduct and defacing public property. Only a few have been accused of more serious crimes such as felony violations of the Riot Act.

In the cases of those who attacked the Capitol, those initial charges could be a precursor of more serious allegations, said University of Texas law professor Bobby Chesney.

It’s common for authorities to make arrests based on readily-proven charges, such as trespassing on federal property, Chesney said. Then, weeks later, prosecutors seek grand-jury indictments on more serious charges.

“It remains to be seen how aggressive the Justice Department will be in terms of going after organizers and ringleaders,” Chesney said. “No doubt the FBI and DOJ would prefer to get past January 20, moreover, both for the sake of general calm and to avoid any prospect of a pardon shutting down a particular case.”

Heading up the task of identifying, locating, arresting and charging offenders falls on the shoulders of acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin. He told National Public Radio this week that “hundreds” could ultimately face charges. 

No charges are off the table, Sherwin said. Seditious conspiracy, rioting and insurrection will be considered if warranted.

Federal trespassing citations likely will result in fines or probation, experts said. More serious misdemeanors and felony charges related to weapons, conspiracy and assault could incur prison time.

“Prosecutors have a tremendous amount of discretion and this was an unprecedented assault on our seat of government,” said University of Wisconsin Law Professor Keith Findley. “My guess is they’ll take that very seriously… They’ll have many, many options to charge independently, or stack offenses. There’s a lot on the table.”

But some, like Anne Milgram, a New York University law professor and former attorney general of New Jersey, criticized the lack of more serious charges for those accused of ransacking the Capitol.

“What we’ve yet to see is a connection to seditious conspiracy,” Milgram said. “It feels to me, and everyone who watched, that the goal of this mob was to stop Congress from certifying the vote ... the charges right now do not match the harm.”

Milgram said she expects the heaviest charges to stem from the slaying of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. Others have suggested several members of the mob could face felony murder charges in that case similar to a getaway driver in a fatal robbery.

Prosecutors have primarily focused on those caught on camera and identified by tipsters in photos and videos during the riot. Department of Justice officials, for example, have announced the arrests of notable viral participants, including Jacob Chansley, a.k.a. Jake Angeli, the Arizona man who wore a fur hat and horns; Adam Johnson, the Florida man photographed carrying Nancy Pelosi’s lectern; and Eric Munchel, the Tennessee man depicted in tactical gear carrying plastic wrist restraints.

Jacob Anthony Chansley, aka Jake Angeli of Phoenix, yells inside the Senate chamber on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Congress held a joint session to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol during mass demonstrations in the nation's capital.

Federal investigators also have the option of serving subpoenas on technology companies to preserve content that perpetrators might try to delete.

Pete Eliadis, president and CEO of Intelligence Consulting Partners, a security firm, faulted Capitol Police for failing to secure the building and make arrests on the scene, making the job harder for investigators.

But he believes the government will try to make an example out of the key figures whose viral images show their role in inciting violence.

Summer unrest a backdrop for charges

Federal prosecutions for the Capitol riot will undoubtedly draw parallels to unrest last summer over the killings of Black Americans by police.

Last year, following weeks of unrest in several cities after the death of George Floyd, Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen wrote a memo telling federal prosecutors to consider a sedition charge against protesters who conspired to "take a federal courthouse or other federal property by force."

And federal prosecutors took over charging cases against more than 100 protestors in two particular hotspots – Portland and Seattle. However, dozens of those charges were low-level citations or misdemeanors. Most of the Portland cases have not gone to trial because the pandemic has backlogged the courts. That trend will likely continue for accused D.C. rioters; many may not see a trial before the end of 2021.

Michael Filipovic, federal public defender for the Western District of Washington state said the U.S. attorney took over several state court charges and sought to send a message with tougher penalties. He said comparing Wednesday’s riot to protests over the summer is difficult.

He anticipated misdemeanor charges for many Capitol trespassers, but more weighty charges to come soon.

“If prosecutors can prove you had a firearm, zip-ties and intent to detain or harm individuals, that’s something they’ll take very seriously where you’ll be looking at some felonies,” Filipovic said.

Edward Maguire, a professor of criminology at Arizona State University and associate director of the school’s Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety, said he would expect to see charges that are more serious than those handed down during protests at President Trump’s inauguration in 2017.

More than 200 people were arrested during protests dubbed “J20” during the 2017 inauguration and charged with more serious felonies, including inciting to riot, rioting, conspiracy to riot, destruction of property and assault on police officers.

Federal prosecutors ultimately dropped charges in all but a handful of cases where people pleaded guilty. They failed to win convictions in others that went to trial.

At the very least, Maguire expects to see felony rioting charges for those confirmed to have breached the Capitol.

“It would be appropriate for them to see jail time,” Maguire said of the Trump rioters who entered Capitol Hill. “This is an insurrection, and it should be charged as one.”

Maguire said social media and video surveillance of the riot would likely give prosecutors stronger cases of intent than the evidence they had from the J20 protests.

Of the early arrests made by D.C.’s Metropolitan Police, all but a handful involved curfew violation and unlawful entry. The remaining others were arrested on more serious weapons charges or for defacing public property.

They included suspects like David Fitzgerald of Illinois who was cuffed as he attempted to exit through the barricades while following news crews that were being escorted out, and Joshua Pruitt, a 39-year-old from D.C. who is one of the few facing felony violations of the Riot Act.

Capitol Police also focused their arrests on unlawful entry, charging more than a dozen suspects for the offense, including Michael Curzio, a 35-year-old Florida man released from prison in February 2019 following an eight-year sentence for attempted first-degree murder.

Charges against Mark Leffingwell were among the first federal charges to roll into D.C.’s District Court on Thursday. A Capitol Police officer wrote in a complaint that Leffingwell attempted to push past him into the Capitol, then began punching repeatedly. While in custody, Leffingwell “spontaneously apologized for striking" him. Leffingwell has been charged with entering a restricted building, assault on a federal law enforcement officer and violent entry or disorderly conduct on capitol grounds.

Some legal defenses would be a stretch

Social media from the accused rioters suggests some may attempt novel legal defenses. Some may claim the President instructed them to march to the Capitol, giving them legal cover, while others have already claimed they “got caught up in the moment.”

Neither will hold much water in court, said UW’s Findley.

“The law recognizes duress, coercion and necessity, but those are limited and require showing that the person had no choice but to commit the criminal act facing violence or death. We’re nowhere close to that,” Findley said.

A “heat of passion” defense would also require protesters to prove that a reasonable person would have been provoked to take the same action, Findley said.

Some Capitol trespassers spoke out on social media and on video after the riot that they believed they hadn’t committed a crime because police let them in — or that they simply walked through open doors. Others chanted outside they had a right to enter because Congress works for the people.

But both federal law and new rules from the pandemic explicitly prohibit members of the public from entering the building. All public tours have been cancelled since March 2020 and only lawmakers, staff, media and their guests with proper credentials are currently allowed in.

Back when tours were available, they did not include access to the Senate and House galleries, which required a separate pass obtained through the office of the visitor’s senators or representatives.

Many of the rioters also broke rules by bringing prohibited items into the building, including water, electric stun guns, guns, ammunition, knives, mace and pepper spray and large bags, according to the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

Inside the galleries there is no photography or video recording allowed except by the media and the government's own cameras.

And smoking, which several rioters filmed themselves doing inside the building, is strictly prohibited.

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‘The world’s most powerful weapon’: N Korea parades new missile
Display of military might at Pyongyang parade follows party congress at which Kim Jong Un admitted country’s failures.

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North Korea displayed what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) at a parade on Thursday night, state media reported, marking the end of a political congress at which leader Kim Jong Un admitted severe failings but pledged to boost the country’s military might.

Clad in a black leather coat, gloves and fur hat, Kim smiled and waved as he watched the parade in a flood-lit Kim Il Sung Square.

“The world’s most powerful weapon, submarine-launch ballistic missiles, entered the square one after another, powerfully demonstrating the might of the revolutionary armed forces,” state news agency KCNA reported.

Photos released by state media showed the SLBM was labelled Pukguksong-5, potentially marking an upgrade over the Pukguksong-4 that was unveiled at a larger military parade in October.

“The new missile definitely looks longer,” Michael Duitsman, a researcher at the California-based James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), said on Twitter.

Ankit Panda, a senior fellow in the nuclear policy programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said the parade also showcased “a new previously unseen short-range ballistic missile”.

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Rockets with a “powerful striking capability for thoroughly annihilating enemies in a pre-emptive way outside the territory”, according to KCNA, were also on display.

The phrasing suggests the weapons have a range that extends beyond the Korean peninsula and could at least reach Japan.

Unlike October, Thursday’s parade did not showcase North Korea’s largest intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), which are believed to be able to deliver a nuclear warhead to anywhere in the United States.

The parade in itself was not intended to be a provocation but was a worrying sign of Pyongyang’s priorities, said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul.

“The economy is severely strained from pandemic border closures, policy mismanagement and international sanctions,” he said. “Despite or perhaps because of this, Kim Jong Un feels the need to devote scarce resources to another political-military display.”

‘Invincible iron-clad ranks’

At the opening of the congress – the first since 2016 – Kim had described the past five years as the “worst of the worst” for the country acknowledging that the government’s economic plans had fallen short in almost every respect.

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But he was also keen to stress the North’s growing military prowess and described the United States, which has troops in South Korea and Japan, as the country’s “biggest enemy“.

Analysts say the North wants to send a message of strength ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden as the next US president on January 20.

Kim had a tumultuous relationship with outgoing president Donald Trump – from mutual insults and threats of war to face-to-face summits – but there was little substantive progress and the denuclearisation talks have been stalled since the collapse of their February 2019 summit in Hanoi.

The North is under multiple sets of international sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes and Biden, who was vice president during the Obama administration, is expected to follow a more orthodox approach to diplomacy.

Thursday’s display also included infantry troops, artillery, tanks, and an aerial display during which aircraft formed the number “8” to commemorate the congress, KCNA said.

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“The majestic elite units and invincible iron-clad ranks of the Republic which will proudly pass Kim Il Sung Square represent our absolute power,” North Korean defence minister Kim Jong Gwan said in a speech ahead of the Thursday evening parade, the state news agency reported.

The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) simply said it was analysing the weaponry displayed during the parade, Yonhap news agency reported.

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USA has nothing to fear.
Trump said Kim is his best friend
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Biden sworn in as 46th president, declaring "democracy has prevailed"
By Stefan Becket, Grace Segers, Kathryn Watson and Melissa Quinn

Updated on: January 20, 2021 / 1:42 PM / CBS NEWS

https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/joe-biden-inauguration-2021-01-20/

Washington — Joseph R. Biden, Jr., has been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, taking the reins of power at a perilous time in American history and urging a bitterly divided country to unite around defeating the deadliest pandemic in a century.

"This is America's day. This is democracy's day," Mr. Biden said in his inaugural address. "Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause. The cause of democracy. The people, the will of the people, has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded."

Noting that he was being inaugurated on the Capitol steps just two weeks after it was stormed by a "riotous mob," Mr. Biden said the country has been reminded that "democracy is precious, democracy is fragile, and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed."

Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office shortly before noon, when Mr. Biden officially became president. Mr. Biden addressed the nation minutes after Vice President Kamala Harris was first sworn in, making history as the first woman and person of color to become second in line to the presidency.

Mr. Biden takes over at a time of tremendous upheaval and division, fueled both by his predecessor and the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Americans.

The inauguration ceremony was unlike any the country has ever seen, with a new president addressing an empty National Mall while thousands of National Guard troops stood watch over downtown Washington. The Mall was filled with thousands of small flags representing Americans who might otherwise have been in attendance, were it not for the pandemic.

Members of Congress, Supreme Court justices and outgoing Vice President Mike Pence were on hand to witness Mr. Biden's swearing-in, with seats spaced apart to prevent the spread of the virus. Three former presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton — were also among those in attendance.

Former President Donald Trump, however, was not there, having left Washington earlier Wednesday morning. Mr. Trump instead addressed supporters before boarding Air Force One for the last time as president to fly to Florida. He is the first outgoing president in more than 150 years to not attend the inauguration of his successor.

Mr. Biden plans to quickly begin dismantling some of Mr. Trump's signature initiatives with a slew of executive orders and actions set to be signed on Day 1. He becomes the first president to enter office without a single Cabinet secretary confirmed by the Senate.

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Unfortunately my sleepy little home town is no longer a sleepy little home town.

https://www.omroepbrabant.nl/nieuws/3330616/winkels-in-station-eindhoven-geplunderd-en-autos-in-brand-gestoken-bij-rellen

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What was it about, did they prohibit wooden shoes and bikes? Just kidding...

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Oh look, there we are in The Guardian - that's the little street by the Blob with the book store.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/ ... ew-cluster

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Anti-lock down should wear a tag in case they need respirator and a spot at an ICU...

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keeping community transmission on the run.....

Way on down in NZ early on the government launched a mobile phone app, all businesses display
a QR code that you scan with your phone as you come and go.....

The app has recently been upgraded to use blue-tooth to track you and the phones around you.....

No phone, no problem, they're trialing a tracker that can be worn, this tech is already being used
by the elderly.....

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Oh look, there we are in The Guardian - that's the little street by the Blob with the book store.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/ ... ew-cluster

It was news here in the online print...

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Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow and predicts six more weeks of winter

By Laura Ly, CNN

Updated 8:44 AM ET, Tue February 2, 2021
Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter

https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/02/us/punxsutawney-phil-groundhog-day-winter-trnd/index.html

(CNN) Brace yourself for six more weeks of winter.

That is, if you like to get your weather prediction from a groundhog in Pennsylvania.
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Tuesday morning and, as legend holds, that means six additional weeks of heavy coats and mittens.
Phil was awakened at 7:25 a.m. and made his prediction in front of about 16 members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club at Gobbler's Knob.

"Now, when I turn to see, there's a perfect shadow cast of me. Six more weeks of winter there will be," one of Phil's handlers announced on his behalf at the ceremony.

The celebration, which is over a century old, looked a little different this year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there were no crowds in attendance or guests present. It was streamed live.

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Groundhog Club handler A.J. Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, as Vice President Tom Dunkel reads the scroll during the 135th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney.

He's been at this for a while

The first Punxsutawney Groundhog Day celebration was recorded in 1886, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's website.
Phil is not new to the forecasting game. The ceremony has been going on since 1887.
Scientifically speaking, winter will officially come to an end on the equinox on March 20, regardless of what Phil predicts. But Mother Nature doesn't always follow the timetable.

In fact, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and South Dakota actually have their snowiest time of year after Groundhog Day.

He's not very good at it

For the last two years in a row Phil has not seen his shadow, predicting an early spring.
In the past Phil has been way more likely to see his shadow than not. He has reportedly seen his shadow 104 times, but not seen his shadow only 20 times. Statistically speaking, Phil has been correct in his forecasts about 50% of the time in the last 10 years.
Phil is not alone in his prognosticating skills. In fact there are many others like him.

He's got competition

States like Ohio, North Carolina, New York, Georgia, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Illinois, Maryland, West Virginia, and Michigan all have their own groundhog to use for predictions.

There's also Unadilla Bill from Nebraska who boasts one of the highest accuracy ratings in the prediction business.
This means that if you don't like Phil's forecast, chances are one of the other groundhogs will predict something you do like.

CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar contributed to this report.

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Bernie Sanders I-VT is now the Senate Budget Committee Chairman
It's Official

Some may disagree but to me, the occasion seems high time for a bit of Sam Cooke

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^^^^^ Sam Cooke! Nice! ^^^^^

Go get 'em Bernie!

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Bruce Springsteen was arrested in November for drunk driving at a national park in NJ
Published Wed, Feb 10 202111:18 AM ESTUpdated Wed, Feb 10 202111:33 AM EST

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/10/bruce-springsteen-arrested-for-drunk-driving-at-new-jersey-national-park.html

Working-class rock legend Bruce Springsteen was arrested late last year at a New Jersey national park for drunk driving, the Department of the Interior revealed Wednesday.

The news emerged just days after rocker appeared in a car commercial during the Super Bowl.

Springsteen, 71, was “cooperative throughout the process” of being arrested Nov. 14 at Jersey’s Gateway National Recreation Area, locally known as Sandy Hook, noted the statement from National Parks Service spokeswoman Brenda Ling.

The “Thunder Road” singer was cited for driving under the influence, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area.

Last November, Springsteen’s new album “Letter to You” debuted at No. 2 on the new Billboard 200 chart. With that placement, Springsteen became the first musician to have a new top five-charting album in each of the last six decades.

News of Springsteen’s arrest comes just days after the musician starred in his very first Super Bowl commercial. The Jeep ad featured Springsteen calling for Americans to find unity after a divisive year.

“There’s hope on the road up ahead,” Springsteen said in the two-minute spot, which featured numerous shots of him driving a Jeep CJ-5 across country and city roads.

Spokespeople for Springsteen and Jeep did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment about his arrest.

In Springsteen’s autobiography “Born to Run,” which was published in 2016, the musician admitted that he avoided drugs and didn’t try alcohol until he was 22, in part because of how drinking had affected his father.

In the 500-page book, Springsteen revealed that he had a long history of depression, a surprise to many.

Springsteen’s arrest was first reported by TMZ earlier Wednesday.

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The 500 coming out of rain delay.

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Woo Hoo! Sitting down right now watching todays recording which began at 8:00am and is still recording almost 12 hours later.....

It was so good to see the Busch Clash and Daytona Duals last week, I really miss Jimmie Johnson in the 48.....the end of an era.....

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Making of days of thunder was fun too, we got that for a while. I No wonder the footage in that was so astounding, really unusual film making :D

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I really miss Jimmie Johnson in the 48.....the end of an era.....


I was disappointed to see him stop driving, I was hoping he'd beat Richard Petty's 7 Championships. He was always a clean driver with a lot of determination. I would have liked to have seen Jeffie beat that record too for the same reasons.

Can't say I feel the same about another potential team, the 18 though, lol!

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The Texas power grid is improving. But days of outages have caused heat, water and food shortages

By Travis Caldwell, Keith Allen and Eric Levenson, CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/18/weather/texas-winter-storm-thursday/index.html
Updated 1:25 PM ET, Thu February 18, 2021

(CNN)The widespread power outages in Texas improved overnight even as they caused serious, cascading issues with the state's supply of heating, water, food and medicine.

Power was down for fewer than 500,000 Texas customers as of Thursday -- way down from the over 3 million outages a day earlier, according to Poweroutage.us. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which operates the state's power grid, said in a statement Thursday morning it had made "significant progress" restoring power overnight.

But the winter storm and ongoing cold were still affecting the system's power generation, and rotating outages may be needed over the next couple of days, the company said.

ERCOT said those still without power are likely in areas where ice has damaged the distribution system, live in areas where service needs to be restored manually, or are a large industrial facility that voluntarily went offline to help with grid overload.

The statement comes as freezing temperatures are forecast again for Thursday, extending an already excruciating period. Since last Thursday, 16 Texans have died due to the extreme weather. Nearly 12 million people are facing water disruptions, with boil-water notices, broken pipes and failing systems, state officials said.

"The message though is, number one, the power is fragile because of the impacts throughout, and number two, we now have water issues," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo told CNN. "Hospitals have issues. We have water pressure issues. We're all on boil-water notices and folks are having trouble accessing food."
In Portland, outside of Corpus Christi, Brianna Blake told CNN on Wednesday that she and her husband kept their children warm by burning household items, including artwork and fencing, as they dealt with 36 hours of no heat in their home.

"I just started kind of grabbing my canvasses off the wall, and breaking them and throwing them into the fire," she said.

Another round of harsh weather is forecast. A winter weather warning is in effect from Central to East Texas, including Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Amarillo, according to CNN meteorologist Michael Guy. Snow is expected to fall in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with ice and freezing rain farther south as far as Laredo and Corpus Christi.

Temperatures will rise Friday, yet overnight conditions throughout the weekend will remain below freezing. Icing on bridges and overpasses will remain a threat until late Sunday into Monday.

Spillover effects of no power for days

Several frigid days with no power or heating has led to serious water issues: frozen and burst pipes, disabled water treatment plants and a lack of water pressure.

Nearly 7 million Texans were under boil-water notices Wednesday, according to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Commissioner Toby Baker. In Austin, authorities issued a citywide boil-water notice after a drop in water pressure at a treatment plant Wednesday night.

Fort Hood city leaders asked residents to conserve 40% of their water during the storm due to water line breaks and subsequent flooding. Del Rio, in southwest Texas along the border with Mexico, put out an urgent message late Wednesday to residents asking them not to flush their toilets or release any wastewater into the sewer system.

Smita Pande, of Crestview, told CNN she and others may have to use melted snow for drinking water when their bottled water runs out.

"We didn't anticipate the water to be shut off, but once it did, we assumed a 'worst case scenario' type of thing and just grabbed snow off the balcony and put into kettles and pots to use for drinking water in case we don't get water back anytime soon," Pande said. "If the power outage is any indication of how long that'll be, then we are going to be boiling snow for a while."

The outages have also led to food shortages as Texans scramble for needed supplies and scrounge for a hot meal.
"Grocery stores are already unable to get shipments of dairy products. Store shelves are already empty," Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said. "We're looking at a food supply chain problem like we've never seen before, even with Covid-19."
Philip Shelley, a resident of Fort Worth, told CNN that he, his wife Amber and 11-month-old daughter, Ava, are struggling to stay warm and fed. Amber is pregnant and due April 4.

"(Ava) is down to half a can of formula," Philip said. "Stores are out if not extremely low on food. Most of our food in the refrigerator is spoiled. Freezer food is close to thawed but we have no way to heat it up."

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Tiger Woods Won't Face Criminal Charges for Crash ... Sheriff Says
2/24/2021 11:47 AM PT

https://www.tmz.com/2021/02/24/tiger-woods-unlikely-to-face-criminal-charges-for-crash-sheriff-says/

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The Sheriff overseeing the investigation into the Tiger Woods car crash says he will NOT face criminal charges over the incident -- calling it a pure "accident."

Sheriff Alex Villanueva took questions from the media on Wednesday -- and when asked directly if Tiger would face a reckless driving charge, he said, "No."

"This is purely an accident," Sheriff Villanueva said ... explaining there is no evidence showing the 45-year-old was under the influence of any substance when he drove his vehicle off a cliff in Palos Verdes, CA on Tuesday.

There is a chance Woods could be hit with an infraction if investigators determine he was using his cell phone when he lost control -- or was otherwise distracted behind the wheel -- but it's a big difference from being charged with a crime.

"We do not contemplate any charges whatsoever in this crash," Villanueva added ... "This remains an accident. An accident is not a crime."

As we previously reported, Deputy Carlos Gonzalez -- the first person to respond to the crash scene -- says Tiger seemed lucid and sober in the moments after the accident.

Officials say they did not take a blood sample from Tiger to test for substances because there were no obvious signs of impairment.

Sheriff Villanueva also confirmed investigators have still not retrieved a "black box" from the SUV Tiger was driving -- a device that could show investigators how fast the vehicle was traveling at the time of the incident.

Tiger was arrested for DUI in Florida in 2017 after officers found him passed out behind the wheel of his car. Woods later said his condition was an unintended result from taking prescription medication.

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The guy won't probably play Golf again. At least, not on the same level. How could he ?
Jack Nicklaus 18 Majors will will stay.
And Tiger will stay even with Sam Snead 82 victories.
I would have liked to see him go on.

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And hitting a ball with a stick is meaningful in what way? A remnant of our hunting and gathering days?


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TW came back from back surgery, I hope he comes back from this.....



I always found that golf spoils a good walk..... :wink:

The dye was cast at age seven when my uncle gave me a putter for Christmas,
I cut the head off, it made a great sword Z

My first and last golfing experience was a boozy work function, at the
rural Makara golf course, balls and clubs were flying everywhere. I teed off,
sliced the ball which hit a nearby goat, stunning it just long enough for a person
or persons unknown to pick it up and lock it in the bosses new car. The goat awoke,
panicked urinated and defecated then having made itself at home, ate a wide selection
of the tasty upholstery and wiring on offer and then chewed on some of the most expensive
big bits of the interior, including a suit shoes and a brief case.....

It cost around $15,500 1978 dollars to repair, it was touch and go as to whether
they were going to fix it or write the car off and scrap it for parts.....

all because of golf..... :lol:

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